NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Women’s World Cup championship is underway in Germany and many soccer fans around the Tri-state area are hoping for an American victory against Japan.

Fans in the Garden State should be especially proud of team USA, with five players from New Jersey.

Midfielder Heather O’Reilly graduated from East Brunswick High School. Defender Christie Rampone grew up in Point Pleasant , New Jersey and went to Point Pleasant Boro High School. Midfielder Carli Lloyd is from Delran, New Jersey and went to Delran High School. Midfielder Tobin Heath was born in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and graduated from Ridge High School. Goalie Jill Loyden is from Vineland, New Jersey and went to Vineland High School.

The top-ranked U.S. women’s team will be playing for their third World Cup championship in the game after a riveting road to the final that included a breathtaking come-from-behind victory on penalty shots over Brazil.

If the US team wins on Sunday, it would be the first time any nation has won three Women’s World Cup titles.

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